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Blues with a Feeling: The Little Walter Story

Blues with a Feeling: The Little Walter Story (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Glover, Tony
By Dirks, Scott
By Gaines, Ward

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Little Walter was a master blues harmonica player, immensely popular and celebrated by the likes of Ray Charles and B.B. King. But at the age of 37 he was lying in a pauper's grave in Chicago: This book tells the story of his fame and early death.

ISBN 9780415937108
Barcode 9780415937108
Published 28 June 2002 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780415937108
ISBN-10 0415937108
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 28 June 2002
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Glover, Tony
By Dirks, Scott
By Gaines, Ward
Category Blues music
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Number of Pages 344
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Harmonica players, Illinois, Chicago, Biography, Blues musicians
NBS Text Biography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 781.643092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Blues with a Feeling explores the life, times, and musical creations of a founder of the Chicago Blues style. Little Walter revolutionized blues harmonica playing, and is generally recognized as the greatest innovator in modern blues. Beginning in the early '50s as a sideman with the legendary Muddy Waters, Walter appeared on many of Muddy's classic recordings through the mid-'60s, even after striking out on his own. Walter had several hits, including the #1 R&B songs, Juke and My Babe, and his distinctive, heavily distorted, amplified harmonica style has been influential on all following generations of players. But his life was fraught with tragedy; he died young at the age of just 37, after years of hard living. For years, Walter's life story-even the exact names of his parents and his date of birth-have been shrouded in mystery. Now a trio of blues researchers have unearthed new information about how Walter lived and created the music that made him famous. Blues With A Feeling is an important addition to the literature on this distinctive musical style, and a must-read for any fan of the blues.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Maybe the best book I've ever read concerning music or any music personality.. <br>-Blues Notes <br> Indispensable.. <br>-The Times (London) <br> Noted blues scholars...paint a picture of Walter as a fiery, independent soul.. <br>---Library Journal <br> Given his standing in the world of blues, it's amazing that it has taken so long for an in-depth book on Marion Walter Jacobs to appear, but be in no doubt that the wait has been well worth it. Reading like a novel, but one which even Walter Mosley might have struggled to plot with credibility, the story of the ultimately deeply-troubled genius progenitor of contemporary blues harmonica is unfolded in an enthralling manner by a triumvirate of authors notably well-qualified for the task. <br>-Bill Moodie, Juke Blues(UK) <br>

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Author's Bio

Tony Glover has been a professional musician/writer since 1962. He is the author of a best-selling guide to playing the blues harmonica, in continuous print for over 4 decades. He has performed in a legendary blues trio with Spider John Koerner and Dave Ray off and on since the 1960s. He lives in St. Paul, MN. Ward Gaines is a graphic designer, art restorer and professional musician, and is a noted writer and researcher on the blues. He lives in Washington, DC. Scott Dirks has written for blues magazines, hosted blues radio, produced blues recordings, and performed in blues bands over the last 20 years. He lives outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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